Azar Iranian Student Uprisings
Facts vs. Lies
Dec 7, 1953 (16, Azar 1332)
16 Azar Student Uprising and Protests are an Iranian tradition
since 1953. For almost 54 years, Iranian students have been commemorating,
protesting and celebrating 16 Azar as a day to promote democracy
against dictatorship. Promoting democracy is not promoting Jebhe
Melli (National Front) or Hezbe Tudeh (Communist Tudeh Party).
Those students who died on 1953 by the hands of Shah's dictatorial
regime were freedom lovers. Before they were (so called) members
of Jebhe Melli and Hezbe Tudeh, they were human beings who loved
freedom and democracy. These three students may or may not been
members or sympathizers of Jebhe Melli and Hezbe Tudeh but fact
of the matter is that all three of them were pro democracy forces
and they were murdered by Shah's regime. Since that day in 1953,
every 16 Azar, students have been protesting and they have gotten
injured or have died by the hands of Shah's or Mullahs' regime.
till this day, Monarchists can't accept that Shah's regime was
a dictatorship and he was a dictator. A free human being can't
live in a dictatorship. A free human being wants to live in a
democracy. Students are intellectuals. The Intellectuals can't
live and they refuse to live in a dictatorship. This was the reason
behind 16 Azar student uprising.
brand any voice of freedom as Tudehi and Jebhei. I think we can
recall the narrow-minded and idiotic remarks of Anjoman Padeshahi
(Azade, Kian, Liberator, other closed minded Thugs) in this club!
When someone doesn't know history, that someone makes illiterate
remarks and brands IPC members as Tudehi or Muslim. Read IPC Club
and you can experience first hand on Imbecile fascists from Anjoman
Padeshahi calling us a bunch of Commie-Mojaheds?
I don't blame
these illiterate people (Azade, Kian, Liberator, other closed
minded Thugs) for being illiterate, but I blame their Fascist
leaders (Foroud Fouladvand) where they get their information from!
Fouladvands of the Iranian society keep these kids illiterate
by not teaching them true history of Iran.
There is no
denying that Shah has done some good for Iran but anyway you cut
it, his regime was a dictatorship, which suppressed human rights,
freedoms and democracy. Islamic Republic is also a dictatorship.
Inside closet and outside closet Monarchists can justify Shah's
actions till next century but fact of the matter can't change.
History can't change. A Dictatorship is a dictatorship and people
who fight for democracy can't be branded by Monarchist Diaper
Babies (Azade, Kian, Liberator, other closed minded Thugs), as
Commie-Mojaheds! Monarchist Juveniles need to get a grip on reality.
At the present,
Monarchists want to confuse the history. Hamrazm Shafigh was a
Monarchist and I have great respect for him. I have great respect
for Monarchist Hamrazman of Resistance. Hamrazm Aryamanesh was
also a Monarchist on surface but in reality he was a closet Nationalist.
But I don't let my respect for Monarchist Hamrazman blinds me
to the historical facts. The events of 16 Azar 1332 (1953) has
nothing to do with Assassination of Hamrazm Shahriar Shafigh on
16 Azar 1981. Monarchists are trying to hijack over half a century
of student uprising and fight for freedom and democracy in to
one day of assassination of a Monarchist on 1981. This is called
"Twisting The History"!
about The Real Version of 16 Azar (Monarchist Version) which is
assassination of Hamrazm Shafigh verses the Tudehi Version and
Republican version (Fake Version) which is killing of 3 students
by Regime of Shah! Monarchists are re-writing history!
There is only
one version and one version only. That's Iranian historical version
of 16 Azar celebrated by students for over 50 years and I promise
you it has nothing to do with Hamrazm Shafigh's assassination!
The more Monarchists
try to re-write history, the more they will be isolated and mocked
by forces of democracy. Shutting voices of intelligence such as
IPC in Monarchist Diaper Baby chatrooms (Activist Chat) but allowing
illiterate Monarchist Diaper Babies to freely preach false and
revised history will not fool anyone. It will only reminds everyone
that monarchists are still the same old monarchists. Pre 1979
they were silencing the intellectuals and pro democracy forces
in Iran and today, post 1979, they are silencing people's voice
and the intellectuals' voice in their Juvenile Chatrooms (Activist
Chat). Same old Monarchists! Fascist Tribunes/forums/press with
Censorship as their agenda have fallen pre 1979 and post 1979
because they don't have the support of the people.
of democracy as Commie-Mojaheds does not help their cause and
it can't fool anyone. Trash Talk of juvenile Monarchists in their
Juvenile Chatroom (Activist Chat) can't change history and for
sure it doesn't make me a Commie-Mojahed. But I promise you it
destroys "All Monarchists" good reputation including
true Hamrazman. Ajoman Padeshahi must stop ruining the good reputation
of good Nationalist Constitutionalist Monarchists. Historical
lies can and will damage every Monarchist's reputation. Anjoman
Padeshahi TV is where Fouladvand, an ignorant illiterate man screams
his propaganda and shuts everyone else's voice! This is what Monarchists
are all about. This is how Monarchists practiced before 1979 and
This is an
article about protests on 16 Azar 1953 to 2002. These protests
commemorate the student uprising of 1953. Students have commemorated
this day for over decades. This is a biased article because it
is written by Jebhe Melli but it's good to read because it gives
you one view (their view). This article is by Jebhe Melli Sweden:
one is about the historical events of 16 Azar 1953 which has nothing
to do with Assassination of Hamrazm Shafigh on 16 Azar 1981. This
article is not biased and for Jebhe Melli because Sam Ghandchi
is not a Jebhei.
"My cousin, Ahmad Ghandchi, who was
sympathetic to Jebhe Melli, and two others, Shariat-Razavi and
Bozorg-Nia, who were claimed by hezbe tudeh as sympathetic to
Hezb-e Tudeh, were killed by the gun of Shah's police, on this
7th day of December in 1953, at the University of Tehran, when
they had gone on strike, protesting Nixon's visit of Iran, following
the CIA coup of 1953."
article doesn't make Sam Ghandchi a Jebhei or a Tudehi and for
sure not a Commie-Mojahed! Juvenile Illiterate Monarchists born
and living in Exile need to grow up and read some history.
Students - Tale of Two Regimes
2. About Dec 7, 1953 (16-Azar 1332)
(Dec 7) is from the days right after the CIA coup of 1953. Despite
the attempts by monarchists in the recent years to remove anniversary
celebrations of Dec 7th from the calendar of Iran's pro-democracy
movement, Iranian students celebrate both days, because Dec 7
(16-Azar) reminds us that we do not want to trade one retrogressive
regime with another.
students have been struggling for democracy for over half a century,
commemorating two days shows this challenge under two dictatorial
regimes. It should not be surprising why Iranian students make
a point to keep both days because they want to emphasize that
they will not be return to the old regime as the monarchists try
to take advantage of IRI atrocities to come back to power in Iran.
Below is my memories of 16-Azar (Dec 7) at the time of the Shah.
anniversary of Dec 7, 1953, is from another generation of Iranian
students who fought for democracy under the Shah's regime. The
anniversary of 16-Azar of 1332, rooz-e dAneshjoo, the International
Students Day. Many people who have been members of the Confederation
of Iranian Students abroad in 60s and 70s, or have been students
in Iran in those years, would remember the commemorations in Iran
and abroad, on this special day, and still after the 1979 Revolution,
the Iranian students in Iran celebrate the anniversary of this
I was a student in late 60s and early 70s, I remember celebrations
of this day, and it was a day that students remembered their freedom-loving
peers, who were the first to oppose Shah's dictatorship of post-CIA
coup of 1953, and who had given their blood to show their dislike
of Shah's repression, just a few months after that dark CIA coup
cousin, Ahmad Ghandchi, who was sympathetic to Jebhe Melli, and
two others, Shariat-Razavi and Bozorg-Nia, who were claimed by
hezbe tudeh as sympathetic to Hezb-e Tudeh, were killed by the
gun of Shah's police, on this 7th day of December in 1953, at
the University of Tehran, when they had gone on strike, protesting
Nixon's visit of Iran, following the CIA coup of 1953.
far as calling the three students as jebhe or tudeii, this is
how anybody was categorized in 1953, as either jebhe or tudeii,
but they were just freedom-loving students of Technology Faculty
(Daneshkadeh Fani) of University of Tehran, who were protesting
the coup that had overthrown legal popular reformist government
of Dr. Mossadegh.
blood stain of the three students on the columns of the main building
of Daneshkadeh Fani was still there a few years ago. I do not
know if it is still there now. For years during the Shah's regime,
following the bloody shooting of the Shah's regime on 16-Azar,
the students of Daneshkadeh Fani, were the bastions of Iranian
students movement for democracy.
Iran, the main newspaper of the Confederation of Iranian students
in 60s and 70s was called 16-Azar, and the day 16-Azar was always
celebrated by Iranian students, who studied in universities abroad.
I think all the archives of Confederation's 16-Azar paper may
be found at the US Library of Congress in the Iran section.
Ghandchi, Shariat-e Razavi, and Bozorg-nia are buried in emAm-zAdeh
AbdollAh near Tehran. I was two years old when they were killed,
so I just know about them from family conversations. When I was
a child, I used to go to their graveside with my father, as it
is also near my grandfather's grave.
zan-amoo (my cousin's mother), who passed away just about fifteen
years ago, always would cry every time remembering her son Ahmad.
Ahmad was one of the brightest in the family. Ahmad Ghandchi got
his diploma when he was 16 and was very knowledgeable. His story
of being killed, for fighting against the dictatorship, is unfortunately
the story of the life and death of many of the brightest children
of Iran over the years.
students' protest in 16th of Azar, was not only to protest the
post-Coup repression and US involvement in Iran, but Shariat-Razavi,
Ghandchi, and Bozorg-nia and their peers, thought that they can
break that atmosphere of fear and intimidation (rob va vahshat),
and perhaps they had a chance. But unfortunately they were defeated
and the post-coup terror continued for decades.
US policy was the main reason for the success of coup, and for
failure of democracy in Iran in those years. I have condemned
IRI hostage-taking, from day one, which happened in the aftermath
of 1979 Revolution, nonetheless, I have also condemned U.S. role
in Iran, during the Shah's regime, from CIA coup of 1953, to training
of the Savak, to supporting the repressive Shah's government in
the post-coup years.
July 9th Uprising of Iranian students in 1999, reminded me of
the 16-Azar of 1953. Again the Iranian students took the flag
of asking for freedom and democracy in Iran and a few were killed
and a number of them are still in jail.
years and years of struggle for democracy in Iran, and even after
going through a revolution, again the democratic law and human
rights were defeated in Iran and again the Iranian students are
in the forefront of pro-democracy movement, to protest the repression
and to ask for democracy, and again they are paying with their
blood for this great ideal of humanity.
is notable today is that there is a strong movement of pre-university
youth in Iran, that ever since the years of 1941-1953 such a pre-university
youth movement was never this strong. In post-1953, only the otoboosrAni
movement of 1969 ( a movement protesting the price of bus tickets
in 1969), was a notable movement with pre-University youth. Other
than that, during the 1953-1979 period, there was hardly any pre-university
youth movement in Iran. In recent years, the youth movement has
shown its powerful presence on occasions such as the periodic
matched of soccer games in Iran.
think the presence of a strong youth movement in the years after
the fall of Reza Shah and following World War II, was because
on one side there was a half-democracy in Iran, in those years,
and on the other side, the atmosphere in the world, was very international
and the youth in different countries compared themselves with
their counterparts in other countries, and were demanding what
their peers had.
and Television have created a similar situation for the youth
today, where Iranian youth compare themselves to their peers elsewhere
in the world, and the movement of the youth in Iran is an added
element to the movement of Iranian university students and it
is hard to say how these two movements will complement each other
in their struggle for democracy and progress.
the teachers movement is in close relation with the students,
raising the flag of pro-democracy movement. Nonetheless, these
are tough times, especially for the ones who are facing the vigilantes
on the streets of Iran and are facing torture in the Evin prison.
I believe any help for the progressive students movement in Iran
has never been as timely as now.
cornerstone of the current movement in Iran is the separation
of state and religion and the demand for full secularism, which
can only happen by ending the Islamic Republic of Iran for good,
and the regime tries its best to suppress the secular forces.
of the leaders of Iranian pro-democracy movement, during the prolonged
students demonstrations of 2002, noted an important thought. He
said that students movement have their own limitations, although
students movement has always been a spectacular part of pro-democracy
movement of Iran. To lead the movement of Iran for regime change,
a political party is needed, and although students movement and
its leadership, are important parts of such an endeavor, but they
are not equal. I have written my thoughts on the Futurist Party
in a different paper, and have separately discussed it in relation
to political coalitions as well.
live the pro-democracy movement of Iranian students
for a Futurist, Federal, Democratic, and Secular Republic in Iran,
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Diaper Baby Monarchists twist and re-write history, it doesn't
only damage their reputation as "Sane human beings"
but it also damages the good reputation of great Monarchist Hamrazman
(Shafigh, others) who passed away and ones who are alive.
I have tried
to shed some light on this subject. Thank you for reading my take
on the issue.